Provence, the Alps, the Côte d’Azur – loved for their diversity and depth, the radiance of their light and the richness of colour captured by so many great painters, from Van Gogh and Cézanne to Matisse, Picasso, and beyond…
The art of living in Provence and the Côte d’Azur
The gentle balminess of its climate, its sumptuous beaches, pretty little villages and historical and cultural heritage combine to make the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region one of France’s most popular and most visited destinations. Visitors are treated to fresh, light, inventive Mediterranean cuisine based on sun-drenched local produce brimming with taste and flavour. Food ready to tantalise even the most demanding of palettes, washed down with a chilled glass of stunning vintage wine.
No fewer than 753 monuments are classified as listed historic monuments. Ancient heritage (Arles, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Fréjus), religious history (Cistercian abbeys, the basilica of St Maximin, Notre-Dame de la Garde), a wealth of fortified towns (Briançon, Sisteron, Montdauphin), all illustrate the region’s reputation as a cultural powerhouse. As well as its vast array of museums, live performance thrives just as well here thanks to a host of renowned international festivals (Aix-en-Provence, Antibes Juan-les-Pins, Orange, Avignon, La Roque d’Anthéron, etc.).
Marseille Provence 2013, European Capital of Culture
Marseille Provence 2013, European Capital of Culture showcased the cultural and historic richness of our region with flair and style. A major event that managed to incorporate Roman Arles, medieval Salon-de-Provence, industrial Martigues – Istres, cultural Aix-en-Provence, earthy Aubagne and Grecian Marseille.
Over the year, a steady stream of exhibitions, extraordinary performances and shows from international and national troops swept through a series of new spaces, some of which opened specially for the occasion – the Mucem, the Villa Méditerranée, the Musée Regards de Provence, the new FRAC, the J1 and the Silo.